The Fugitives – Rediscovering ‘Dust Be My Destiny’ (US 1939 – 88 mins)

Rediscover ‐ December 17, 2014

1939 may be the greatest year in movie history. As well as the perennial classics ‘Gone with the Wind’ and ‘The Wizard of Oz’, there was John Ford’s ‘Stagecoach’, and the doomed melodrama’s ‘Wuthering Heights’, and ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’. All great movies in a wonderfully overcrowded year. One of that years now forgotten pictures is ‘Dust Be My Destiny’, a nifty couple-on-the-run feature that has all but been forgotten.

Released from prison after serving time for a crime he didn’t commit, Joe Bell (John Garfield) gets into a fight and is soon carted off to a prison work farm. …

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Swede Revenge – Rediscovering ‘They Call Her One Eye’ / ‘Thriller – En Grym Film’ (Sweden 1973 – 104 mins)

Rediscover ‐ December 15, 2014

Also known as ‘Thriller: A cruel Picture’, ‘They Call Her One Eye’ is a nasty exploitation epic that more than lives up to its reputation. Although not as controversial as ‘I Spit On Your Grave’, or as polished as ‘MS 45’ (which features another mute victim), it’s still one of cinema’s nastiest revenge flicks and gave Christina Lindberg a chance to prove herself outside of the soft-core pictures she had been appearing in.

Frigga, a young woman rendered mute after being abused as a child, heads into town to visit a doctor about her condition. Missing her bus she naively accepts …

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Cowboys, Spies and TV Villains – Remembering Robert Culp (1930 – 2010)

Remember ‐ December 11, 2014

With his lean frame and serious manner, handsome lead actor Robert Culp often played authority figures, both good and bad. He may not have made the big time, but he did have a run of interesting projects in the Seventies, and although he is best remembered for his television work, he did appear in some first-rate cult features.

Born in California on August 16th 1930, Culp made his screen debut in 1953 and after a clutch of television appearances he won the role of Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman, in the CBS western series ‘Trackdown’, which ran for 2 seasons from 1957 …

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The Drugs Don’t Work – Rediscovering ‘Ciao! Manhattan’ (US 1972 – 84 mins)

Rediscover ‐ December 08, 2014

Started in 1967 but not completed until 1972, ‘Ciao! Manhattan’ is an interesting oddity that mixes fact with fiction in paralleling the short, tragic life of pretty, crop-haired ingénue Edie Sedgwick with her alter ego Susan Superstar. Although it sometimes makes for uncomfortable viewing, it’s also a fascinating look at an era that continues to captivate to this day.

After a pre-credit dedication to Andy Warhol “It Girl” Edie Sedgwick (who died of acute barbiturate intoxication 8 months before the films release), we meet her spaced-out alter ego Susan Superstar (Sedgwick), who proceeds to tell a young drifter (Wesley Ames) about …

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Losing their Patients – Rediscovering ‘The Hospital’ (US 1971 – 103 mins)

Rediscover ‐ December 04, 2014

A superb farce that blends satire with real-life, Paddy Chayefsky’s sublime black comedy ‘The Hospital’ may get a little too close to the bone at times, but it expertly injects humour into an everyday story of our overcrowded and understaffed hospitals. Oh and there also happens to be a murderer roaming the corridors.

Depressed medical chief Dr. Herbert Bock (George C. Scott) is at the end of his rope. His wife has left him, his children ignore him and he seems increasingly on the verge of a breakdown. Plus, with job cuts and a budget crisis, the last thing Bock needs …

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Forever Linda – Linda Darnell (1923 – 1965)

Rewind ‐ December 02, 2014

Beautiful and sultry with an abundance of charm, the luminous Linda Darnell came from the Lana Turner school of discovery and, like Turner, had a sometimes spotty career. But, on occasion, she shone in a number of classy and colourful productions as well as some exciting cult thrillers.

Born in Dallas, Texas on October 16th 1923, Linda’s modelling led to her being spotted and signed to Daryl Zanuck’s 20th Century Fox studio. After a few minor parts she was paired with Tyrone Power for the 1940 adventure ‘The Mark of Zorro’, then re-teamed with him for the biopic ‘Brigham Young’ (’40), …

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There Will Be Blood – Rediscovering ‘Lolly-Madonna XXX’ (US 1973 – 103 mins)

Rediscover ‐ November 29, 2014

Adapted from a 1969 novel by crime writer Sue Grafton, ‘Lolly-Madonna XXX’ is a good, straightforward telling of an age-old story of bitter rivalry, with a terrific ‘one-time-only’ cast of cult actors. It’s a simple yet allegorical tale of how a feud can escalate between two neighboring families.

Fuelled by a land quarrel, two once-friendly Backwoods families; the Feathers and the Gutshalls, are now embroiled in a bitter feud which escalates after two of the Feather clan rape the Gutshall’s daughter. At the same time, an innocent girl; Roonie Gill (Season Hubley), gets unwittingly caught up in the dispute when she …

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The Innocents – Rediscovering ‘Sundays and Cybèle’ / Les Dimanches de Ville d’Avray (France 1962 – 110 mins)

Rediscover ‐ November 26, 2014

A beautiful French drama that has had a revival in recent years, ‘Sundays and Cybèle’ was a huge crowd-pleaser in its day, winning many film awards including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It may have the familiar theme of two lost souls finding each other, but it’s told in a more raw style with unpredictable results.

Haunted by the memory that he may have accidentally killed a young girl during a wartime raid, shell-shocked pilot Pierre (Hardy Krüger) befriends Cybèle (Patricia Gozzi), a young girl who has been abandoned by her father. Quickly forming an unlikely bond, Pierre …

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New York’s Finest – Remembering Mike Kellin (1922 – 1983)

Remember ‐ November 24, 2014

With his hangdog features and tired eyes, the versatile Mike Kellin could play both good and evil. Often seen in police or military roles, he created some memorable characters and performances in a career spanning over 30 years, which took him from Broadway to Hollywood.

Born Myron Kellin on April 26th 1922, the former Navy Lieutenant made his movie debut in the funny 1950 Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis vehicle ‘At War with the Army’, playing a no-nonsense platoon sergeant. Following much television work, Kellin had small roles in the Montgomery Clift drama ‘Lonelyhearts’ (’58), and the Robert Mitchum western ‘The Wonderful Country’ …

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Sweet Dreams – Rediscovering ‘The House of the Yellow Carpet’ /La Casa del Tappeto Giallo (Italy 1983 – 87 mins)

Rediscover ‐ November 21, 2014

A clever though sadly overlooked psychological thriller that gets better as it goes along, ‘The House of the Yellow Carpet’ is a highly entertaining puzzle that slowly falls into place and features a pleasing plot twist…….. or two!

After advertising some valuable carpeting for sale, Antonio’s wife Franca receives a visit from a mysterious gentleman who is keen to view the carpet. The elderly visitor soon reveals to Franca that he has recently been released from prison for murdering his wife. He also seems to know a lot about her and, after locking all the doors and windows, slowly reveals to …

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